The Department of Homeland Security announced Thursday it would be delaying the deadline for Americans to apply and receive a Real ID -- a driver's license or identification card with a gold star in the top right corner -- due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The Trump administration decided on a 12-month delay extending the deadline to get a Real ID until October 1, 2021, after Departments of Motor Vehicles across the nation were forced to close as state officials took precautions to stop the spread of COVID-19, including shutting crowded places.
This action will preclude millions of people from applying for and receiving their REAL ID," Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf said in a statement on Twitter.
The Real ID Act was passed by Congress in 2005 in an effort to establish minimum security standards for state-issued driver’s licenses and identification cards.
The Act also prohibits federal agencies from accepting licenses and identification cards from states that do not meet these standards for official purposes such as air travel.